We have already seen snow once in Michigan - this was just a sneak peak at what's coming for the winter months. Here are some tips from our friends at Auto Owner's Insurance to keep all drivers safe on the road. Driving in severe weather can be stressful. Protecting yourself with wide-ranging auto insurance is only one of several factors you should consider before winter driving. Even if you feel you are able to operate safely in the snow, there is no guarantee that other drivers can. If possible, it's recommended that you do not drive in bad winter weather, and if you must, try to wait for the snow plows to make their rounds first. If you must drive in bad weather conditions, we've compiled some tips and information to help you stay safe and be prepared while on the road.
Winterizing your car, taking the necessary winter precautions, and keeping a stock of potentially life-saving supplies are all crucial steps everyone should take before driving in bad winter conditions. First and foremost, always wear your seat belt and carry your car insurance documents.
Give your car a checkup that includes the following: battery, ignition, brakes, tire pressure, tread depth, antifreeze level and freeze line, and spark plugs.
Tips on driving in the winter:
- For planned stops, brake slowly and sooner than you would on dry roads.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
- Prevent gas line freeze-ups by keeping your tank at least half full.
- Whenever possible, avoid relying on your parking brake in cold and snowy weather.
- Never use cruise control on slippery surfaces.
- Always use a seat belt when operating your vehicle.